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The Drone Radio Show is a weekly podcast about drones and the people who use them for business, fun and research. Our guests share how they’re using drones to make a positive impact, build a business, lessons they’ve learned and insights that you can use to take YOUR interest in drones to the next level.
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May 26, 2020

Is there a better way for Enterprise Companies to manage large drone fleets?

Today’s guests believe there is.  Lorenz Meier and Kevin Sartori are Co-Founders of Auterion, an enterprise drone software platform.  Auterion’s goal is to be the drone software platform of choice for enterprises and drone manufacturers, while accelerating the industry by driving forward open standards to create a common, future-proof roadmap. This gives everyone involved, whether vendors or buyers, confidence that they will achieve a return on their investment, and access to a wide choice of partners and integrations in an open ecosystem.

Lorenz Meier, holds a Ph.D. in drone software architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 2008 Lorenz created and released the PX4 autonomous drone autopilot to the open source community. Lorenz is also the creator of Pixhawk, MAVLink and QGroundControl, today’s most commonly used flight control hardware and autopilot software. He has been working in the drone and robotics industry for the past 10 years and in 2017 was nominated MIT 35 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review for the development of PX4.  Lorenz is also a board member and community director at Dronecode, the organization that defines the open source standards in the UAV industry.

Kevin Sartori holds a Master in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and has been working in the drone industry since 2008 when he was researching optimal control algorithms as part of the early Pixhawk team at ETH Zurich. In 2014, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined 3D Robotics, first as an Enterprise Product Manager and later as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Site Scan. He helped the company transition from a consumer hardware company to an enterprise Software as a Service company and lead the marketing and channel sales efforts. Today at Auterion, Kevin combines his consulting skills with his knowledge of the drone industry and technology to help drone manufacturers and drone service providers adopt new technologies, change business models, and bring new products to market.

In early 2020, Auterion release Sky Node, which when combined with Auterion PX4 enables drone manufacturers to rapidly enter new markets by making their products compatible with an ecosystem of payloads, components, services, and workflow integrations. It short, it gives companies the tools they need to deploy large fleets of drones.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Lorenz and Kevin talk about Auterion’s open source platform, Sky Node and its applications and how enterprise companies can better manage a fleet of drones.

May 19, 2020

Fighting Sea Level Rise With Drones

Dania Montenegro is the Project Coordinator for Flying Labs of Latin America, based in Panama.  The goal of Flying Labs is to accelerate the positive impact of local aid, health, development and environmental solutions locally.  Flying Labs expand local markets by creating new jobs and businesses that offer robotics as a service and support local ecosystems.  There are 24 Flying Labs located in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Labs are franchised by WeRobotics to enable local changemakers who want to build robotics and AI capacity in their countries.

Off the coast of Panama lies a tiny island called Carti Sugdub. This island, home to more than 1,000 people, is threatened by sea level rise and climate change, so much so, that in partnership with the Government of Panama, the entire community is making plans to relocate to forty acres on the mainland.  Flying Labs has been ask to help in the relocation by helping to document and preserve the culture and community design.  Using drones, Flying Labs is creating a digital footprint that will guide redevelopment of the community in it new location. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dania talks about Flying Labs Panama and how drones are helping the residents of Carti Sugdub mitigate the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.  Joining Dania later in the podcast is Joseph Mulihausen, Head of Drone & Data Systems at WeRobotics.

Apr 14, 2020

Can a drone help better understand sharks?

Jay Seidel is a journalism professor and media adviser at Fullerton College. He also oversees the Fullerton College Drone Technology program and is the coordinator of the Fullerton College Drone Lab. The Fullerton Drone Lab teaches students to become better and safer pilots, prepares them for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification exam and provides hands on learning opportunities on the use drones in various industries.  In 2019, the Lab partnered with the Shark Lab housed at California State University in Long Beach to capture and provide data by drones on sharks.

The goal of the Shark Lab’s study to quantify recreational water use along Southern California beaches, advance the knowledge of white shark-human interaction behaviors, and assess the risk associated with marine recreation. Prior to becoming a teacher in 2005, Jay worked for 12 years as a writer and editor for various publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Popular Hot Rodding. He earned his master’s degree in communications from Cal State University, Fullerton.  And he served 11 years in the U.S. Army and California Army National Guard where he worked as an engineer and photojournalist.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Jay talks about the Fullerton College Drone Lab, collaboration with the Shark Lab to help better understand marine habitats.

Mar 31, 2020

What are some of the advances in Counter Drone Technology?

For that question, we head to Paris, France to speak with Lucas Le Bell, CEO and Co-Founder of CerbAir.  Cerbair was created to counter the alarming increase of drone intrusions on critical facilities, as well as the threat they represent. The company offers anti-drone solutions that adapt to the needs of each customer.  Lucas co-founded CerbAir in 2015 with Olivier Le Blainvaux and in five years, the company has grown to provide anti-drone solutions to a large portfolio of customers worldwide. Today, it is recognized as one of the leaders in the emerging counter drone industry.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Lucas talks about Cerbair, the pros and cons of the technologies used to counter drone incursions and the challenges and opportunities in protecting critical infrastructure.

Mar 24, 2020

Would you like to pilot a personal flying drone?

It may not be technically be a drone, but as today’s guest shares, the new HEXA from Lift Aircraft looks and flies a lot like a drone and could usher in a whole new personal flying experience.  Lift Aircraft is a venture of Matt Chasen, founder of uShip, the online shipping marketplace.  Chasen and his company has developed an electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that is so simple to operate that anyone will be able to take it out for a spin and experience an entirely new kind of flying.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kevin Rustigi, Director of Business Operations at LIFT Aircraft talks about company, its new HEXA ultralight vehicle and plans to offer rides to those looking for unique flying experience.  We also talk about the future of personal flying vehicles.

Mar 17, 2020

Can A Drone Help Manage A Sailboat Race?

Dr. Tulinda Larsen is CEO and Founder of Skylark Drone Research, a technology company that empowers Fortune 500 companies with drone analytics, service providers with secure execution of flights and manufacturers with regulatory airspace compliance.  Tulinda has spent more than 40 years in commercial aviation. She’s a private pilot, a Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Tulinda also serves as an Advisor to Women and Drones.

Skylark Drone Research works with sailing organizations to develop drone programs designed for use of drones in sailing programs. The company worked with the Annapolis Yacht Club to develop policies and procedures for using drones for sailboat race management, coaching, yacht club events, and other applications. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tulinda talks about how drones are used in sailboat race management and the best practices.  She also shares two new exciting program offerings of Women and Drones, namely a new membership program and job boards for Women and Drone members.

Mar 10, 2020

How does the Commercial Drone Industry view the proposed Remote ID Rule?

Lisa Ellman is the Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent 501c6 non-profit organization led by key members of the commercial drone industry. The Alliance works collectively to merge policy with innovation to create relevant rules for operation. It educates on the economic benefits and humanitarian gains made possible by commercial drones and advocates for their safe and responsible use. It also brings industry and government together to solve some of the challenges facing the industry.  

Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities” on drone policy and law. She was featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy governing drone use in the United States. In addition to her role with the Commercial Drone Alliance, Lisa is also a Partner at Hogan Lovells and Chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, a “one-stop shop” for all legal and policy issues related to commercial drones.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show Podcast, Lisa talks about the Commercial Drone Alliance, its view of the proposed Remote ID rule and other initiatives the Alliance is currently involved to push the industry forward.

Feb 25, 2020

What’s the outlook for the drone industry?

That’s the question we explore in my continuing series of interviews  with industry analysts, writers and editors.  In this series, I interview guests with diverse opinions and perspectives on the industry.  They provide a range of insights on some of the industry’s current topics and trends.  By the end of the series, you should have a good sense of where industry is going and how you can position yourself to take advantage.

Michael Blades is Vice President for Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace, Defense, and Security America's Region. Frost & Sullivan is a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training across multiple industries. Michael has been with Frost & Sullivan for over six years as a market analyst and growth consultant and has earned a Masters Degree in Aerospace Operations as well as an MBA. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Michael talks about some of the current trends shaping the industry and what to look forward to in 2020.

Feb 18, 2020

Where can you go to connect with the latest advancements in the drone industry?

Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. Before joining AUVSI in 2015, Brian served for 10 years as president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the trade association promoting battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany. He is also a general aviation pilot with a commercial certificate and has a Remote Pilots License. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brian talks about AUVSI, the upcoming Xponential 2020 and why we should attend and he tells us what to look for 2020 in the drone industry.

Feb 4, 2020

The Drone Industry in 2020

Lisa Murray is the event director for Diversified Communications, an international media company with more than 15 years’ experience in producing world-renowned events for precision measurement professionals.  If you’re in this field, then you have most likely have attended one of their events, including SPAR 3D Conference & Expo, the International Lidar Mapping Forum, the Commercial UAV Expo or Amsterdam Drone Week. Her experience with Diversified Communications gives her a unique vantage point on commercial drone industry, the companies making a difference and the people creating change.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Lisa talks about the Commercial UAV Expo and Amsterdam Drone Week, the global trends shaping these shows and the issues and opportunities driving the commercial drone sector.

 

Jan 21, 2020

How can enterprise companies better manage their drone operations? 

Uzayr Siddiqui is founder and CEO of Drone Entry. Drone Entry is a ventured backed drone startup, that provides an online platform Software as a tool.  The tool provides enterprise companies with a ERP layer to build workflow compliance management between data processing tools and airspace management systems to effectively scale and manage their operations.  Drone Entry also helps drone pilots build their career, and build their credibility with other stakeholders in the industry.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Uzayr talks about the Drone Entry platform and how the company pivoted from a pilot-centric business to focus on serving the growing enterprise business sector. 

Jan 14, 2020

The Drone Industry in 2020

Miraim McNabb is Editor In Chief of DroneLife, the online source for the latest drone news, product releases, YouTube videos and legal precedents on the drone industry.  Miriam is a fascinated observer of the drone industry since 2013, when DroneLife launched. She has written and covered thousands of articles on the evolution and growth of the industry.  She is a frequent international speaker at drone industry events and writes for DRONELIFE on current news, financial trends, and FAA regulations. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Miriam talks about the drone industry in 2019, the outlook for 2020 and she shares her perspective a variety of drone related issues and trends.

 

Dec 31, 2019

Is it possible for drone users to create their own AI drone application?

Today’s guest not only says that it is possible, but with today’s tools, it is surprisingly easy to do so.  Murali Gopalakrishna heads up product management for autonomous machines at NVIDIA. He also leads the business development team that focuses on robots, drones, industrial IoT and enterprise collaboration products. Before joining NVIDIA in 2016, Murali was the global head of platform and technology strategy, leading the CTO’s office at Sony Mobile Communications. He was responsible for products ranging from phones, tablets and wearables to IoT platforms.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Murali talks about Nvidia’s Jetson line of AI products, how artificial intelligence is changing the way drones work and how Nvidia is extending AI tools to more and more developers so they can create new and more exciting applications.

Dec 24, 2019

What's the Best Way to Learn Something?

Some studies say that the best way to learn something is to put it to music or to make it funny. Today’s guest would go one step further and say do both.

Victor Villegas is a technologist at heart who enjoys helping people learn how to use technology to improve work and better their lives. He bridges techies and users and has a knack for explaining technology in simple and easy to understand terms. Victor supervises the Oregon State University Extension Computing Technology Unit which provides remote and onsite support to all the Cooperative Extension Offices and Regional Branch Experiment Stations across Oregon.  When not working, Victor is combining his love of drones, education and music to produce song parodies that promote the message of flying safe. He’s the Drone Singer (@DroneSinger). It’s been a while since he’s composed a new drone song, so sit back and enjoy some of his classics, as Victor shares some of his songs and talk about the inspiration and message behind his passion.

Dec 17, 2019

What would a mapping software designed for first responders look like?

For that question, we turn to Angad Singh, a Pix4D Technical Trainer based in Denver, Colorado.  Angad’s interest in UAS based photogrammetry started when he realized he could get incredibly high resolution data which would enable his research to make micro level insights. He has a passion for enabling people to understand the power and limitations of UAS to create great geospatial data. Angad's research background is in Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

For much of this year, Angad has been working to get Pix4D React into the hands of first responders. Pix4D React is the fastest 2D mapping software designed for public safety and humanitarian aid professionals.  It is intuitive and simple to use, even for people with little or no drone flight or photogrammetry experience.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Angad talks about Pix4D React and how it can support first responders and aid workers in increasing situational awareness.

Dec 3, 2019

What is the outlook for drones from Price Waterhouse Coopers?

For that question, we head to Warsaw, Poland to speak with Adam Wisniewski and Michael Mazur of the Drone Powered Solutions unit of Price Waterhouse Cooper.  Price Waterhouse Coopers or PwC) is a multinational professional services network with headquarters in London. PwC ranks as the second largest professional services firm in the world[5] and is one of the Big Four auditors. It is a network of firms in 158 countries, 721 locations, with 250,930 people.

In 2016, Drone Powered Solutions was formed and headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, as the first and globally unique Centre of Excellence powered by PwC. It specializes in commercial and industrial usage of drone technologies and helps clients from various industries maximize the potential offered by drones and geospatial data.  Adam and Michael lead a team that consists of professionals with various background – from management consultants with business experience to engineers, photogrammetry and AI experts. Drone Powered Solutions works with a wide range of international corporations in Europe, US, Canada, Middle East and Asia. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Adam and Michael talk about PwC’s Drone Powered Solutions, why Poland was selected as the units headquarters and they share insights into the worldwide commercial drone industry.

 

Nov 5, 2019

Is Blockchain the Answer to Securing Drone Data?

Today’s guests believe it is and they are aggressively moving to offer scalable solutions to the drone industry.  My guests today are Jeff Thompson, CEO and founder of Red Cat and Henry Ines, Chief Operating Office at GoChain. 

Red Cat is the leading provider of distributed data storage, analytics and services for the growing recreational and commercial drone industry. They’ve created the industry’s first black box flight recorder that pilots, regulators, and insurance companies can rely on for secure flight data.

GoChain is a leading provider of scalable, low-cost blockchain solutions. They have partnered with some of the largest data networks in the world, including AWS, IBM and Microsoft and serve clients ranging from innovative, high impact startupst to Fortune 200 companies.

Jeff and Henry have long history of success in their respective fields. Jeff is a serial tech entrepreneur, primarily in the telecom space, where he created and led companies from startup to successfully exits and IPOs. Henry has more than 20 years experience as a Venture Capitalist, global executive, advisor and as an entrepreneur. 

Recently, Red Cat announced a partnership GoChain to integrate its blockchain black box and distributed storage system onto the GoChain platform, which will enable Red Cat to immediately and easily deliver its technology to customers with speed and scale.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Jeff and Henry talk about Red Cat and GoChain, how blockchain technology secures drone data, and how this technology could answer the critical question surrounding privacy and security of drone data.

Oct 29, 2019

Can A Drone Make Warehouses More Efficient?

Ian Smith is CEO and co-founder of Ware, a company that builds software for indoor drones that autonomously scan and track warehouse inventory.  Ian has more than 15 years in the drone industry, having worked at Delair, an industrial-grade, fixed-wine drone manufacturer in France and more recently, DroneDeploy, a leading software company that improves workflows for drone operations. He’s an entrepreneur, a commercial helicopter pilot and host and producer of the successful Commercial Drones FM podcast.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Ian talks about how drones are used to improve inventory management and how warehouse operators can use the technology to become more efficient and competitive.

Oct 8, 2019

Can Drones Play A Role As First Responders?

William “Fritz” Reber is a retired Patrol Operations Captain, having served 27 years with the Chula Vista Police Department.  It was there that Fritz conceptualized and implemented the Drone as First Responder Program for Chula Vista. This innovative deployment of drones in investigate calls for police service has proved to be highly effective and offers a model for other police departments looking to improve efficiency, response times and service to their citizens.  Fritz played a key role Chula Vista’s selection as the San Diego IPP Public Safety Concept of Operations. He also co-authored Chula Vista’s recent Beyond Visual Line of Sight safety assessment/waiver. Since retiring from the Chula Vista, he continues to work with the City’s police department as a consultant, assisting with the implementation of the drone as first responder program. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Fritz talks about Chula Vista’s Drone as First Responder Program and how its helping to make the safer and more efficient.

Oct 1, 2019

What was the news out of DJI’s AirWorks Conference

That’s this week’s topic, as I traveled to Los Angeles to attend AirWorks 2019.  This podcast is part of a series on the conference with comments and presentations from key DJI representatives and partners.  You’ll get insights into the state of the drone industry, the current challenges, efforts to promote safety and security, and new product announcements.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, you’ll hear from Adam Lisberg, DJI’s Corporate Communications Director and Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. 

Sep 24, 2019

How can seeing ourselves through the eyes of our adversaries strengthen counter UAS?

Scott Crino is CEO of Red Six Solutions. Red Six Solutions is a Red Teaming company that provides their clients with a view of themselves from the perspectives of their adversaries, enemies and competition. Red Six Solutions help clients discover over-the-horizon insights into as yet, unseen threats that can confound strategic decision-making and negatively impact the successful accomplishment of organizational objectives and strategic goals. 

Scott served 21 years in the U.S. Army as an Aviation and Operations Research/Systems Analysis officer in multiple combat zones holding several command and staff positions. Prior to his Red Six Solutions, Scott served as President of Crino Consulting Group and Managing Director at Teneo Holdings. He has planned and executed dozens of Red Team events for government, commercial and international clients. Scott has BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Buffalo and Texas A&M, respectively, and a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Scott talks about Red Six Solutions, Red Teaming and gives us insights into the current state of counter drone solutions.

Sep 17, 2019

Where To Make Money Now in the Drone Industry

Tom Walker is founder and CEO of DroneUp, the fastest growing drone services provider in the U.S.   DroneUp matches missions with small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) pilots. They locate, qualify, and deploy single pilot or multi-pilot crews according to their client’s requirements.  The company is committed to providing a comprehensive network of pilots while maintaining a steadfast commitment to safety and responsible operations.

Prior to DroneUp, Tom served as president of Web Teks, a leading online and mobile research and strategy development firm. A former military officer, Tom is a recognized pioneer in military and government digital reform, having managed the programming and web systems to support both the U.S. and International Special Forces. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tom talks about DroneUp, the current opportunities to make money in the industry and what the drone industry analysts seem to be missing.

Aug 20, 2019

What do investors look for in a drone based business?

Marco Rubin is Senior Investment Director at the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia.  Marco leads seed and early stage investments in the aerospace/UAS, energy, and software sectors for CIT, and serves as a board member and mentor to numerous portfolio companies. During his career, Marco has invested in over 200 early-stage technology companies, held leadership roles with funds recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC 100 list and has managed various funds in information security technology, software, telecommunications and medical devices. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Marco talks about the Center for Innovative Technology and what venture capital funds and investors look for in a drone based business.

Aug 13, 2019

How important is relationship building in creating a successful drone based business?

Nicole Abbett is a Tampa based photographer, videographer, artist and drone operator. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. She honed her skills as an artist and photographer before starting her own commercial photography business. A few years ago, Nicole picked up a drone and launched a new career as a droneographer. After getting her Part 107 Certification, she quickly established herself as a leading aerial videographer in the Tampa Bay area, eventually landing high profile jobs and becoming the first woman to fly for the National Hockey League. She credits her success to hard work, refining her skills and nurturing strong relationships that have garnered her high profile jobs, referrals and repeat business.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nicole talks about her path from artist/photographer to droneographer. She talks about how building strong relationships has landed her some great opportunities and what she’s done to build a successful commercial drone based business.

Jul 30, 2019

What is DJI Doing to Make It Safer To Fly Drones?

For that question, we turn to Adam Lisberg, Corporate Communication Director, North America, for DJI.  DJI is the world’s largest maker of personal and professional drones. Adam came to the drone world following a successful career in newspapers, from covering murders and fires in Chicago and New York to writing a Sunday column in the New York Daily News as the City Hall bureau chief. He was later head spokesman for the MTA, New York’s transit agency, steering its public communications through train derailments, Hurricane Sandy and other crises. Adam now leads DJI’s messaging on critical policy and regulatory issues affecting how drones are used in America. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Adam talks about a recent blue ribbon task force report on UAS Mitigation at Airports, the lack of verifiable data on drone incursions and the efforts by DJI to create safer drones and safer skies.

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